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Did you know?

The patron saint of breast cancer is Saint Agatha of Sicily.

NHRMC is designated a Teaching Hospital Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer.

Self magazine  editor Alexandra  Penney and Estee Lauder  senior corporate vice  president Evelyn Lauder  conceived the pink  ribbon idea in 1992.

NHRMC Imaging Services - Accurate and timely diagnostic services in a friendly environment

That’s what’s most important in the detection of breast cancer or any other dis-ease that may affect you or a loved one.  At New Hanover Regional Medical Center, we provide some of the region’s most advanced diagnostic imaging technology, in-cluding the 64-slice CT, open bore MRI and PET/CT scanner – all of which reveal the  human body in never-before-seen detail, giving physicians the clearest image  possible to make fast, effective diagnoses.

With four locations to serve your imaging needs, opportunities for same-day appointments are available.

For a complete list of NHRMC’s imaging technologies and locations, visit
or call 452.8777. 



Last edition of Health Essentials featured two extraordinary women and their journeys with breast cancer – Heather Thornton and Carrie McIntyre Jacobs. With intimate portraits, we reported how they learned their diagnosis, the treatment steps that followed, and, most important, what they’ve done and continue to do to foster their own healing while spreading breast cancer awareness.

Part II of our special breast cancer awareness Health Essentials features two more equally extraordinary women – Kim Hennes and Rugena Devone – and their fight against cancer and the methods they’ve embraced to find healing.

“Where is she now?” is a question we asked when reflecting upon last year’s featured breast cancer patient Reugena Devone. Below, in her own words she gives us an update, including how the power of prayer has facili-tated her healing. Ovarian cancer survivor Kim Hennes, meanwhile, relates her breast cancer scare and informs on the potential connection between breast cancer and ovarian cancer, a connection she says more women need to know about. 

Kim Hennes:  The Ovarian-Breast Cancer Connection

“What about Thanksgiving and Christmas? If I don’t do Thanksgiving and Christmas, no one’s gonna do it!”

These were Kim Hennes’ words as she tried scheduling ahysterectomy with her gynecologist in advance of the fastapproaching 2005 holiday season. A year spent battling what she thought were menopausal symptoms had finally come to a head.
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Rugena Devone:  Faith and the Power of Prayer
          • Last year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Health Essentials featured Zimmer Cancer Center employee and patient Rugena Devone, newly diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2007. Below, Devone updates us on her progress, emphasizing the love of friends and family and the power of prayer in her recovery.
NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center
In addition to boasting a comprehensive array of modern cancer therapies and being designated a  Teaching Hospital Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, the  NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center is home to a team of highly skilled cancer physicians, including:

Kenneth Fink, MD, Medical Oncologist
Walter Gajewski, MD, Gynecological Oncologist
Cyrus Kotwall, MD, Surgical Oncologist
John Powell, MD, Gynecological Oncologist
Peter Ungaro, MD, Medical Oncologist

For more information about the NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center, please visit or call 342.3000.  For a physician referral, call 815.5188.

The NHRMC Foundation thanks all who helped plan this year’s highly successful Pink Ribbon event, including 2008 Chairperson, Sandy Spiers; Mistress of Ceremonies, Frances Weller; featured artist Cynthia O’Neal; and the Foundation’s volunteer committee. As well, the Foundation would like to thank all sponsors for their generous financial support and tireless committment to the fight against cancer.

Presenting Sponsor:  Delaney Radiologists Group

Platinum Angel: 
Lumina Station, RBC Bank

Gold Angel: 
Carolina First

Pink Angel: 
Azalea Coast Plastic Surgery, PA; Coastal Carolina Pathology; PPD; Hanover Medical Specialists; Hope for Helen/ Tony Butler; Monkee’s, Inc.; New Hanover Radiation Oncology, PA; Wilmington Pathology Associates; Well Care Home Health, Inc.

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